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The Hidden Problem with Apple Mobile Devices

So you just unwrapped your shiny new iPad or iPhone or you bought one for your kids and see the gleam in their eye. You feel warm and fuzzy about this amazing new technology. You can download all sorts of useful applications as well as highly entertaining games. The graphics are gorgeous and the usability is probably higher than on any other platform.

Then you bang it against something, knock it off a chair or table, drop it when getting in or out of your car, or one of the many other ways a mobile device can take an unintended trajectory.

The corner smashes, the glass cracks, the power connector stops working, the power button stops working, the touch capability is messed up, or some combination of these things happens.

If you have a warranty from Apple or Best Buy or some other store, you take it in and get it repaired or a replacement. However there is a limit to the number of times you can do that and if you didn’t get the extra warranty, you’re on your own.

So you can take it to a great repair place like http://www.ubreakifix.com/ and for anywhere from $100 to $200, you can get your iPad or iPhone repaired.

All of these things are true, but they entirely hide a little-known or little-advertised aspect of owning these devices. They break. They break easily. They break often.

People have spent over $6 billion dollars on repairing their iPhones. I’m sure the cost of repairing iPads is also high.

The simple reality is that these devices, although beautiful, are cheaply made and break easily. It’s expensive to repair or even warranty these devices, making for a very expensive purchase.

You’d be significantly better off with a laptop or a net book.

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